7th and 8th Grade Youth and Family Ministry

Confirmation for 7th and 8th Graders on Sunday Mornings OUTDOORS and IN-PERSON this fall

In “normal” days, Sunday school is held between worship services at the same time as Sunday school, from 9:15am – 10:15am.  

During fall 2020, Confirmation will be held IN-PERSON, OUTDOORS as the weather holds from 10:55 AM to 11:55 AM at the volleyball net area to the side of the church.  Students and adult leaders are required to wear masks, social distance and are asked to bring a lawn chair on which to sit.

Confirmation provides an opportunity for students to dive deeper into faith, and grow in relationship with God, with their peers, and with adults of Shepherd of the Hills.  A detailed schedule is provided in the Confirmation handbook (See below).

We know relationships matter so classes include time for conversation, sharing highs and lows, praying together, games and other community building activities as well as teaching on the foundations of faith and reflecting on how faith connects with life. 

Students also will be connected to adult “Faith Friends” during the year.  See below for more about “Faith Friends.”

Downloads for Confirmation Students

Faith Friends

“Faith Friends” are formed through confirmation. This ministry intentionally connects an adult member of the church with two students of the same gender. Faith Friends gather regularly to get to know one another and be in faith conversations. There are also opportunities for families to gather together.

Page musicKFC (Kids for Christ) Youth Choir/Band

KFC is for young people who love to sing and make music to worship the Lord. It is a fun group that sings and plays a variety of styles. Students of any age and experience who can read are welcome. Rehearsals are scheduled around families’ availability. KFC sings/plays during both worship services approximately once a month. Families choose if they can be present for both or just one service. Contact the leader Pastor Darcy, to find out more at pastordarcy@soth.org.

Youth Activities

Special events like service projects (i.e. packing food for children in need), retreats, parties, and more are planned throughout the year. These often include gatherings with high school students.  Contact the Church Administrator for more information at admin@sothva.org.  Always, check out the announcements for upcoming events.

Volunteer Ministry Opportunities

SOTH loves and encourages children and youth involvement and leadership in all its ministries, including helping with worship and sharing special gifts like singing and playing instruments. Confirmation Students, 7th and 8th Graders, serve as acolytes as part of their Confirmation Experience. Contact the Church Administrator at admin@sothva.org or Pastor Darcy for ways to get connected to service and ministry opportunities.

Youth 2020 Mission Trip for 7th – 12th graders – Has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Youth Retreat 2019

A Youth Retreat was planned at Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp near Luray, Virginia. It was for 7th-12th graders. We stayed at the farmhouse at camp and enjoyed hiking, canoeing, campfires, games, and explored the theme “I am a Child of God” together.

Youth Mission Trip to North Carolina 2019

During the summer of 2019, 7th-12th grade students and adult leaders of SOTH traveled to Taylorsville, North Carolina where they served members of the local community through the organization YouthWorks (www.youthworks.com) who provide Christ-centered mission trip experiences. Students worshiped and enjoyed fellowship with students and adults from other congregations throughout the U.S. as they lived their call from the Lord “to love God through loving others”.

Summer Camp at Caroline Furnace 2019

Summer 2019, SOTH students and campers from all over, experienced a week packed with fun! Open to those in first grade to 18, campers swam, canoed, fished, creek walked, and played small and large group games, worshiped, prayed, and grew in faith and relationship with God. In addition they were challenged on low ropes courses, hiked, cooked over a campfire, created crafts, learned archery, gained culinary skills, and explored the furnace ruins on camp property. Pastor Darcy was present for the week serving as chaplain. Visit the Caroline Furnace website at www.carolinefurnace.org for more information.